Former "Coup" General comes to Graham's rescue
- By: Arman Armero
- February 5, 2008
From: "ARMAN ARMERO" <email@example.com>
Subject: General Edgar Dula Torres story
Former "coup" general comes to Graham's rescue
TO many who do not know him, Basketball Association of
the Philippines (BAP) secretary-general , Graham Lim
is an overstaying alien and the scourge of Philippine
But perception is not always the truth, and his
friends from both the sports and political spectrum
are one in saying that Lim is being persecuted for all
the wrong reasons.
That's why when the Supreme Court ruled with finality
that he is not a Filipino citizen and should be
deported, his friends immediately came to his aid.
One of these is former Brig. Gen. Edgar Dula Torres,
former Northern Police District Director and
Commissioner of the National Police Commission for 12
"I couldn't believe it," said Gen. Dula Torres upon
learning of the Supreme Court's decision. "Knowing
him as I do, and what he has heroically did for the
country, his dedication and service to the community,
Graham does not deserve all this."
Graham is more Filipino than most Filipinos I know. He
is a civic and sports leader who had shown generous
concern not only to my men but also to his
constituents in sports," added Dula Torres.
Dula Torres, who now enjoys retirement with his six
children and 26 grandchildren in his modest home in
Sta. Mesa, Manila, recalled that Lim was a "heroic"
figure during the December 1989 coup attempt against
then President Cory Aquino.
“During that time, without being asked, Graham came
to my rescue when we were in Camp Tomas Caringal and
were being attacked by enemy forces. He voluntarily
brought food and drinks to my men. He even volunteered
to join me when I was about to go to Camp Aguinaldo
and assess the situation there, but I persuaded him
not to for his own safety," Dula Torres said.
The amiable general, who started as a patrolman and
rose from the ranks to become one of the most
respected police officers during the Cory Aquino
presidency, said Lim continued to do his civic duty as
a consultant in Filipino-Chinese affairs during his
tenure as NAPOLCOM Commissioner.
“Graham was always there for his country in times of
trouble and in times of peace. He has sacrificed so
much, so it comes as a surprise that some people are
trying to put him down,” Dula Torres said.
Lim himself insists that he is a Filipino born and
raised in the country, married to a Filipino with whom
he bore two kids.
"Saan nila ako ide-deport? (Where can I be deported?) I have no other country but the Philippines and I challenge anyone to prove that I am a Chinese citizen," Graham said.